World Cup: Eagles scramble to win Keshi’s nod

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By JACOB AJOM

Six months to the FIFA World Cup, Brazil 2014, the scramble for places in Coach Stephen Keshi’s Super Eagles squad is gathering momentum.

Sports Vanguard checks revealed that most of the players who are presently struggling to make the first team in their clubs are making moves to secure either permanent transfer or loan deals away from their clubs. This is with a view to playing their way back to the mainstream of the Super Eagles squad before the World Cup in June.

Top on the list of players seeking moves from their clubs is Fenerbahce and Nigeria defender, Yobo Joseph who analysts say the January transfer window might come as a succour for him. The Super Eagles captain has been peripheral for the Turkish giants this season as he has had only five starts in all competitions and scored one goal this season.

Keshi has remained consistent in saying that Yobo remains his captain but has not invited  him  for international duties since 2013 Afcon.

A host of other clubs in the Turkish Super League are said  to be in the running and they are also indications that English Premier League side Cardiff City are also looking at the 33 year old.

Another Super Eagles player fighting to secure a place in Nigeria World Cup squad is America based Bright Dike who is reported to have already secured a loan deal with Scottish giants Celtic.

Dike is currently of Toronto FC

Dike, who scored for Nigeria in their recent 2-2 draw with Italy at Craven Cottage,  has made three appearances for Nigeria scoring twice. His first goal for Nigeria was in the 1-1 draw with Catalonia in a friendly international preceding the 2013 Africa Cup Of Nations. He is reportedly scheduled to be at Celtic Park to begin training soon.

Another promising Nigeria international John Ogu has been given permission by his club Academica Coimbra to pursue first-team football elsewhere, Portuguese media have informed. Ogu is another player who is looking to change club in order to start playing football regularly and be included in Stephen Keshi’s national team for the World Cup in Brazil. The 25-year-old is one of Keshi’s first-choice midfielders, but it may change soon if he continues to be ignored by Academica coach Sergio Conceicao

Other players that may have to struggle extra hard to win Keshi’s approval.include Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi of Shalke 04, Sunday Mba who left the Super Eagles squad preparing for CHAN to lowly French second division side, Bastia, among others.

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